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Kilroy Was Here: The Best American Humor from World War II
     

Kilroy Was Here: The Best American Humor from World War II

by Charles Osgood
 

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Inspired by a ubiquitous piece of graffiti that U.S. servicemen left behind during World War II, Emmy Award-winning television journalist Charles Osgood has collected an assortment of classic stories and comic tales that buoyed the spirits of Americans who served on land, at sea, and in the air.

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Inspired by a ubiquitous piece of graffiti that U.S. servicemen left behind during World War II, Emmy Award-winning television journalist Charles Osgood has collected an assortment of classic stories and comic tales that buoyed the spirits of Americans who served on land, at sea, and in the air.

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The Barnes & Noble Review
TV and radio icon Charles Osgood presents a hilarious and uplifting anthology of World War II military humor -- the kind of material that kept the members of "the Greatest Generation" laughing and (somewhat) relaxed in the face of the enormous struggles they faced. How do you make a war funny? You start with a little cartoon character named Kilroy. He's the little round-headed guy who seemed to pop up everywhere during the war, his long nose stuck over the fence. In his introduction, Osgood tells us that there was an actual person behind the Kilroy cartoon, a shipyard welding inspector in Quincy, Massachusetts. Rather than the usual little chalk mark on an approved piece of steelwork, Kilroy would draw his little cartoon, accompanied by the phrase, "Kilroy Was Here." It was just his way of letting the troops know that the boys back home were looking after them. The Kilroy cartoon soon started appearing everywhere from the Arc de Triomphe to a bridge in China, becoming a constant source of humor and reassurance to those far from home. The book features many humorous cartoons, including some of the classic works of the legendary Bill Maudlin; a hysterical "Dictionary of American Military Slang, 1941-1944"; comic verse on the frustrations of wartime service; and many humorous essays from such esteemed publications as Yank, The Army Weekly, and Reader's Digest. (Nicholas Sinisi)

Nicholas Sinisi is the Barnes & Noble.com History Editor.

Library Journal
Award-winning radio and television journalist Osgood (See You on the Radio) is better known for the CBS radio program The Osgood File and his CBS TV program Sunday Morning than for his books. "When we think of the Second World War, the word `humor' is not exactly the first thing that springs to mind," he says here. Yet he has assembled an appealing collection of stories and anecdotes that present the "funny" side of war, from army slang to Bill Mauldin cartoons and veterans' stories the humor that helped many Americans cope with the tragedy of world conflict. In addition, he has compiled a hilarious assortment of magazine and newspaper coverage of GI humor. The title comes from the James J. Kilroy character made famous by GI graffiti. Those who lived through the war years might find this book a more pleasant way to remember their experiences. Osgood's introductory essay is worth reading, and "The Dictionary of Military Slang" is a gem. The stories of "secret weapons" are witty and entertaining, as are the collected thoughts and stories of Bob Hope and other celebrities. Recommended for all public and general collections. David Alperstein, Queens Borough P.L., Jamaica, NY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Booknews
Journalist Charles Osgood presents a collection of funny stories, jokes, and cartoons related to World War II. Individual chapters are devoted to such topics as military slang, boot camp, food, R&R, rivalries between the branches of the service, and celebrities. The origins of the "Kilroy" character also are explained. The volume does not include an index or bibliographical references. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786885749
Publisher:
Hachette Books
Publication date:
04/24/2002
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
188
Sales rank:
899,145
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.45(d)
Age Range:
17 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Charles Osgood writes and anchors The Osgood File four times daily over the CBS radio network and anchors CBS television's Sunday Morning every week. He is the winner of two Emmys and three Peabody Awards; Washington Journalism Review named him "Best in the Business" five years running; and in 1990 he was inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters' Broadcasting Hall of Fame. He lives in New Jersey.

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